For decades Navigators have been known as “The Scripture memory folks.” It’s true that Navigators place a particular emphasis on memorizing Bible verses but there’s a personal element to The Navigators commitment to Bible memory—and it actually predates the organization itself.
Memorizing Scripture played a significant role in bringing Navigator founder Dawson Trotman to faith in Christ. As a young man he began memorizing Bible verses in order to win a prize in a contest at a local church. Even though he had his eyes on the wrong prize, the Holy Spirit later used those verses he’d committed to memory to show him his need for Christ and what he needed to do to repent and believe.
Trotman was struck with the powerful way in which the Spirit was able to use the Scriptures he’d memorized and bring them to bear on his life. When he realized the impact of those few verses—encouraging, instructing, and correcting him—he started learning one new verse every day. He also made a commitment to never be caught twice without a biblical answer to questions people asked him about Christ.
More than seven decades later, Navigators remain adamant about memorizing Scripture—not because Trotman did it—but because they (like him) have seen how the Holy Spirit has used the verses hidden in their hearts to change their own lives and the lives of those to whom they minister. The reason is simple: our purpose is to become more and more like Jesus Christ.
Helps for Scripture Memorization
3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man (Proverbs 3:1-4).